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Committee for Children Hosts International Institute for Restorative Practices 2020 World Conference

CFC invites speakers to submit proposals for the IIRP 2020 World Conference



Shauna McBride, PR and Communications Director / 206-612-8718

M’Bilia Meekers, Senior Public Relations Specialist / 206-438-6541

SEATTLE—Committee for Children (CFC), the global leader in research-based social-emotional learning (SEL), has forged a new partnership with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) to host the IIRP 2020 World Conference from October 14-16 in Bellevue, Washington.

“We are excited to have Committee for Children as the host for the IIRP 2020 World Conference in Bellevue,” said John W. Bailie, president of the IIRP. “Committee for Children’s work in social emotional learning and commitment to fostering healthy communities is very much aligned with our own mission, and we look forward to our collaboration in making the conference a success.”

The 2020 conference, which attracts roughly 700 attendees annually, will feature welcoming remarks by CEO of Committee for Children, Colleen Oliver, and presentations on a range of topics related to the emerging social science of restorative practices: social-emotional learning, facilitating challenging conversations, equity in education, restorative justice and law, community health, and more.

“When SEL and restorative practices intersect, they can create positive outcomes that transform communities across the globe,” said Oliver. “This partnership offers the opportunity to really showcase how our organization, and others in the region, innovate in these growing fields. I’m excited to see the many ways our greater Seattle community will support the conference.”

The International Institute for Restorative Practices currently seeks proposals for breakout sessions and poster presentations for the 2020 World Conference. Committee for Children encourages speakers, especially those from local and regional organizations, to apply by the deadline of March 11, 2020.

About the International Institute for Restorative Practices

The International Institute for Restorative Practices is the world’s first graduate school wholly devoted to restorative practices. IIRP faculty—all scholar/practitioners—are dedicated to helping individuals find new ways to empower people and transform communities. This field, as well as the institution, is developing across national borders and professional disciplines, in order to positively influence human behavior and improve civil society.

About Committee for Children

Committee for Children is on a mission to ensure that children everywhere can thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. Best known for our innovative social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula that blend research and rigor with intuitive program design, we empower children and their adults with skills that help them realize their goals in the classroom and throughout their lives. Since 1979, we’ve been connecting experts in the field to share experiences and advance the cause of educating the whole child. A force in advocacy, we’re helping pass policies and legislation that place importance on creating safe and supportive learning environments. Today, our social-emotional learning and child safety programs reach more than 15 million children in over 70 countries worldwide. By lifting up children today, we’re helping them create a safe and positive society for the future.

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